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Grade: 11

1 GS-11 Choose the answer that best describes your experience and/or education related to the qualification requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service applying quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of administrative procedures; recommending changes to meet short and long-term strategic plans and objectives of an organization; and developing tracking and reporting systems to monitor analytical activities. Examples of specialized experience include the following: Collecting pertinent statistical data and narrative information from a variety of sources; assisting in analyzing and presenting findings for program analysis and business process improvement; drafting routine analyses, reports, or presentations; evaluating the effectiveness of outreach and site visit activities.
  • I possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • I possess 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • I possess a combination of post high school education and experience that combined meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  • I do not meet the requirement(s) as described above.
2 In reference to your experience working with teams, have you: Answer to this question is required
  • Participated as a member of a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  • Participated as a member of a cross-functional team with persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  • Facilitated a team made up of people with similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  • Facilitated a cross-functional team with persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  • Led a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  • Formally evaluated the progress of a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  • I have not functioned in any of the roles mentioned.

Grade: 12

1 GS-12 Choose the answer that best describes your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques using both quantitative and qualitative analysis; compiling and analyzing program statistics; and preparing evaluations of program activities. Examples of specialized experience include the following: Preparing analytical, comparative and statistical reports; identifying outreach needs from the research community to help develop outreach plans; responding to routine or moderately complex inquiries related to programmatic issues not requiring professional scientific knowledge; evaluating the effectiveness of administrative procedures and the consistency of their contributions to the accomplishment of organizational/program goals and objectives; drafting technical materials related to organization-supported research activities for presentations, tutorials, workshops, seminars, or conferences.
  • I do not possess the experience described above.
2 In reference to your experience working with teams, have you: Answer to this question is required
  • Participated as a member of a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  • Participated as a member of a cross-functional team with persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  • Facilitated a team made up of people with similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  • Facilitated a cross-functional team with persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  • Led a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  • Formally evaluated the progress of a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  • I have not functioned in any of the roles mentioned.

Grade: All Grades

1 Please indicate which of the following types of written products you have produced as a regular part of your job: (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Write, clearly, logically, concisely, and persuasively for varied audiences.
  • Develop written materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  • Draft policy and procedural materials for dissemination to field or operating level components.
  • Issue/Position papers or summary reports on organizational data, which included analysis and recommendations.
  • Communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis in writing.
  • Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  • Responses to Agency Lead or Departmental inquiries.
  • None of the above.
2 Evaluate project effectiveness using analytical methods to report findings to management. Answer to this question is required
  • I have generated trends that demonstrate project effectiveness over a set period of time.
  • I have compiled outcomes or measures that demonstrated project effectiveness, such as those related to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).
  • I have measured a project's progress toward meeting goals by monitoring metrics or milestones (such as during independent research).
  • I have been responsible for quality assurance, quality control, or process compliance related to project operations.
  • I have generated projections of future project performance.
  • I have used activity based costing to evaluate the financial performance or effectiveness of project operations.
  • I have gathered and evaluated customer service satisfaction information to understand project effectiveness.
  • I have conducted benchmarking of other Government agencies or private industry to gauge the relative effectiveness of project operations.
  • I have evaluated cost containment or cost reduction measures to evaluate project effectiveness.
  • I have used other analytical methods to evaluate project effectiveness.
  • I have used analytical methods such as determining trends and projections, measuring progress, or evaluating financial performance, but not for the purpose of evaluating project effectiveness.
  • I have not evaluated project effectiveness using analytical methods.
3 Indicate your experience, collecting, organizing, and analyzing quantitative or qualitative data. Answer to this question is required
  • I have created instructions for a data collection exercise.
  • I have obtained, compiled, and summarized narrative information and quantitative data from multiple sources.
  • I have analyzed data to identify anomalies and trends.
  • I have analyzed data to assess program or project effectiveness.
  • I have prepared policy recommendations based on my analysis of data.
  • None of the above.
4 Choose all examples that match your communication skills. Answer to this question is required
  • Influence or motivate individuals or groups to consensus when there is wide disagreement on a proposed action.
  • Respond in either writing or orally to impromptu questions from managers, superiors, program staff, or others regarding budget policy, law, or regulation (agency or federal level).
  • Effectively communicate information on basic research in science and technology to a lay audience.
  • Interview staff to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information.
  • Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  • None of the above.
5 Select the responses that describe your experience managing information using automated systems and computer software to build project support and evaluate project activities. Answer to this question is required
  • Created databases that support program activities or are used to evaluate project activities.
  • Wrote queries within databases (e.g., MS Access) or generated formulas within spreadsheets (e.g., MS Excel) to reveal trends and patterns in technical or scientific data that supported a project.
  • Used statistical techniques such as regression analysis, descriptive statistics, Chi Square, Pearson correlation, and/or log linear analysis to analyze technical or scientific data that supported a project.
  • Generated numerous reports from databases used to support project activities.
  • Used word processing software to prepare documents that build project support or evaluate project activities.
  • Produced charts or graphs that were used to build project support or evaluate project activities.
  • Assembled data from internal management information systems and supplemented it with other data to build project support or evaluate project activities.
  • Analyzed qualitative or quantitative data using mathematical techniques such as means, modes, or standard deviations to find trends and patterns in technical data.
  • I have not used automated systems or computer software to build project support and evaluate project activities.
6 Which response best reflects your highest level of experience participating in research projects (collecting and analyzing data to recommend a solution to a technical or scientific problem) that demonstrated an understanding of data collection and analysis? Answer to this question is required
  • Assisted others in research projects such as during a summer internship.
  • Held a graduate research assistantship that allowed me to work on a research project.
  • Been a significant contributor to a project that involved data collection and analysis.
  • Independently collected data for research projects.
  • Acted as the lead (independently or with a team) on a research project that involved data collection and analysis.
  • I have not yet had the opportunity to work on a research project.